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Parmesan Zucchini Pancakes

Do you have any recipes that are an old favorite and for whatever reason you stop making it?  Maybe it was because you made it too often and taking a break to try other recipes (usually the case for me) or your kids just no longer ask for it (also often the case for me).   But a friend recently reminded me of how good zucchini pancakes are and I immediately whipped up my favorite PARMESAN ZUCCHINI PANCAKES.  When Ethan was two years old, I would make him these veggie packed pancakes all the time.  It was a total mom win for me because he was getting in some veggies and enjoying every single bite!  Not to mention this recipe is super easy, made in ONE BOWL and takes minutes to make once the zucchini is grated.  Then as I started to explore other healthy recipes and I didn’t make these as often.  While Austin, my 2 year old, refused to try these, Ethan loved them as he once did and my husband and I gobbled up whatever the kids didn’t eat because eating the kids leftovers is just what parents do right?

These zucchini pancake are gluten-free and full of zucchini which is a powerhouse of antioxidants and rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium and fiber!   Try this recipe, I think your family will love it.  Let me know if you try it and for those who have children or kids in the family, I can’t wait to hear what they think too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini, grated using the large grating side of a box grater
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white, whisked
  • 4 tablespoons gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used King Arthur gluten free all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter or olive oil for the pan

Directions:

  1. First, squeeze out excess liquid from the grated zucchini using paper towels or a kitchen towel.
  2. Place zucchini in a bowl and whisk in the onion and eggs. Stir in the flour, parmesan cheese, baking powder and a dash of salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large (10 to 12-inch) saute pan over medium heat and melt 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter in the pan (or heat the oil if using). When the butter is hot but not smoking, lower the heat to medium-low and drop heaping soup spoons of batter into the pan. You may need to smear out the batter a bit to create a flat circular shop.
  4. Cook the pancakes about 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Place the pancakes on a plate lined with a paper towel (to soak up any excess oil or butter)  Continue same steps until all the batter is used. Enjoy!

 

Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini noodles make such a great low carb side dish and better yet, fun way to get your kids to eat veggies!! I bought these @traderjoes frozen zucchini spirals, which for a busy mom like myself.. healthy frozen foods like this always come in handy!  Here is how I prepared this easy and healthy side dish and how you can do it with fresh zucchini noodles.

This recipe took less than 10 minutes to make!! BTW; for basic pesto I use the Food Network basil pesto recipe and will also play with ingredients and do 1/2 spinach + 1/2 basil, use walnuts instead of pine nuts etc.

Ingredients

1 package of frozen zucchini noodles (OR you can use 3 cups of fresh zucchini noodles)

2 tablespoons pesto (store-bought or homemade)

  1. If using the frozen noodles, defrost in a pan over medium heat (as per pkg directions); being very careful not to overcook bc they will get mushy.  If using fresh, simple saute in a pan for about 3 minutes until noodles soften.
  2. For the frozen noodles, drain them like you would do pasta noodles.
  3. Now add noodles back to the pan and add pesto and saute for about 30 seconds, just to coat all of the noodles. Super easy right?!